Studio B Songs: Jimmie Highsmith Jr.

SStudio B ngos is an exclusive digital series from News 8 WROC dedicated to both showcasing Rochester’s incredible musical talent and showcasing artists who come through our town for shows.

All music is recorded live, video captured live; all refined for a product that combines the electricity of a live performance and the refinement of a studio session.

For each episode, the artists are responsible for presenting two “A-sides” and two “B-sides”. A-sides are songs you know by the artist: whether it’s their signature song, their most promoted song, or the one with the most airplay. B-sides are tunes near and dear to the artist’s heart, but don’t always get the audience love they deserve. In this format, listeners can listen to favorites and learn deep cuts.

This episode features Jimmie Highsmith Jr., GRAMMY nominated smooth jazz saxophonist, FIRE Dad, and Rochester community advocate. Jimmie is known for his high-octane solos in his punchy, soul-soaked smooth jazz sound, and with an all-star backing band – including his daughter – he delivered a driving set.

The group:

  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. – sax, flute
  • Larry Singleton – keys
  • Ariana Highsmith – Keys
  • Jerome Bell – bass
  • Bruce Pitts – drums

The melodies:

  • Side A: Cruise (00:00)
  • B-side: Ride With Me (07:39)
  • Side A: Captivating (12:26)
  • B-side: Mark’s Groove (18:58)

This series is produced, recorded and mixed by Dan Gross. He shot and edited this one. Production assistants Aamir Arshad, Jacob Curley and Claire Janezic participated, while digital audio repair specialist Doug Ashbaugh provided additional shine.

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